Description Of Aquatic Ecosystems : The Aquatic Ecosystem

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Description of Aquatic Ecosystems
The aquatic ecosystem is a vital part of the Earth’s vigorous process and is indispensable for a sustainable Earth and its inhabitants. There are different types of aquatic ecosystems 1) fresh water ecosystems, such as rivers, lakes and ponds 2) Saltwater ecosystems, such as oceans, inlets and bays, and 3) wetlands (both fresh and saltwater), which serve as a filtration systems between dry land and bodies of water. Because wetlands serve as filtration systems, they help by diminishing pollution and providing nutrients to plants and wildlife, as well as a providing a safe haven. Living organisms that inhabit these aquatic ecosystems fully rely on the viability and health of the ecosystems.
Watersheds are a large part of an ecosystem that “is the land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place” (EPA. 2012). For example, when water evaporates and turns into precipitation, the water collected on the ground either runs off into a nearby river or stream, or is absorbed by the Earth’s surface; below the Earth’s surface (and surface sources of water), you will more than likely discover an aquifer. The filtration process from the time the precipitation hits the Earth’s surface and travels to the aquifer can take years depending on the depth of the aquifer. By the time the water reaches the aquifer, without any other impeding variables, the water will be pure enough for consummation. We depend on these…
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